Thursday, February 26, 2015

Issue #937.2a that they never tell you about having breast cancer.


There are so many things they don't tell you about having breast cancer. Here's is another one. You may not be able to wear your wedding ring. Really. My cancer was on my left, I had a bad node that lead to a axillary node dissection, which lead to lymphedema issues.

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and noticed my left arm was puffy. This morning I spent some time and got my wedding and engagement rings off. Now the puffiness is subsiding. I have done some of the stupid lymphedema exercises. I will wear my sleeve today.

But my rings are on the pinky finger of my right hand. They feel like they might fall off. Damn. I want to wear them on the ring finger of my left hand and can't.

Cancer sneaks into your life in little ways. I wish they told us about all the issues before hand.

1 comment:

Jan Hasak said...

I can relate to this in a big way. When I was married, I had to wear my rings on my right hand due to the lymphedema. It really is a constant reminder of the cancer. I was a lymphedema patient advocate until diagnosed with stage IV cancer. It's good to know we are not alone, but sad that we have to face these obstacles daily. Jan